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- The lack of playmakers the Commanders have on defense was very evident in the last drive of the first half. Devonta Smith on went above the rim to secure a catch in traffic. Once in double coverage over Kendall Fuller and Bobby McCain, and then over Fuller again for a touchdown. The Commanders were close to making plays, but the better player won both times.
- The defensive line also failed to make any game-changing plays as well. They get close, sometimes generate pressure, but rarely finish the play, force a fumble or force a poor throw. Call it the defense of almosts.
- On the last drive of the first half, Cole Holcomb oddly allowed AJ Brown to cut back up field and slowed up before Brown burst by him for a big gain. Maybe Holcomb expected help, or maybe he wasn’t confident in making the tackle, but that appeared to be a complete lack of effort from Holcomb that helped lead to the Eagles taking a commanding 24-0 lead at halftime.
- Rachad Wildgoose had multiple penalties today for the Commanders, as he had an increased role due to William Jackson III’s injury. The secondary depth was a problem in the preseason, and it showed today.
- The defense was improved today, and if the offense had a pulse today could’ve given the team a fair shot to win. It still isn’t perfect nor good for that matter, but they were, at least, improved. However, the lack of playmakers is very concerning, and may ultimately cap this units ceiling.
- Tress Way may have been the team’s best player today. No, that is not hyperbole. After all, midway through the third quarter he had more touches than Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson combined! Way is still elite.